I came up with the idea of getting chickens. Husband was not TOO thrilled, but went along with it. We ended up buying one of those small, in a box, coops for our 4 chickens. We quickly found out it was just too small for our group of gals. So, Husband decided to build a coop. This process started in June when we put the 8 4x4s in the ground. It is now August and we finally moved the girls in!! In that time we lost two of our gals to predators But, today we just bought 4 more, bringing our small flock to 6. This coop came from no plans, no googling, just out of Husband's head.....and many, MANY trips to Home Depot. I'm quite proud of him for this accomplishment. He did an amazing job. There could be some changes, and it's still not done yet, but the girls seem to like it. None of our girls have started laying yet (though our two oldest are 20 and 23 weeks old) so, we haven't divided out the nesting boxes (hoping to get 8). That's on the agenda to get done soon. Also, we're trying to figure out the best floor for the run. I'm thinking sand, but that hasn't been figured out yet. The final step will be to paint the hen house to match the house (grey, white, and cream).